Having a hummingbird in your yard is special any time of year, but having the rare experience of hosting a wintering hummingbird is over the top!
Above, Mark Armstrong, Master Bander of hummingbirds and song birds, gets ready to band the hummingbird. Below, Colin holds the captured bird briefly, warming it with his hand. A captured hummer is placed in a mesh bag to hold it safely before banding.
Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS), are active participants in bird banding at Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge with Mark. Billie is also the current president of the Knoxville Chapter of TOS.
In the image below, Billie holds the bird briefly before he is released. The band will enable the bird to be identified if it returns in future years. Mark, Avian Curator at the Knoxville Zoo, is also the past president of Knoxville's TOS. Mark has banded eleven Rufous hummingbirds this winter, all since November 15th of 2011.
According to those expert at banding hummingbirds, during the 2011-2012 wintering season more hummingbirds are being reported in the southeastern United States than in previous years.
Links and Resources:
On this blog: Hummingbird Migration Surprises and Hummingbird banding
Wintering hummingbirds--Hummer Study Group
Rufous Hummingbird by Bob Sargent
Hummer Study Group
Knoxville Chapter, TN Ornithological Society
Tennessee Ornithological Society